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This week sees Iain taking a rare break from The Fonecast, so it’s up to Mark and James to hold the fort. They start with Nokia’s Windows Phone announcement before moving on to Visa Europe’s big investment in mobile payments, Sony’s split with Ericsson, Samsung’s smartphone success, a new design-led BlackBerry and some wide-ranging patent news from Apple.

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Last week at The Fonecast: 31st October 2011

Mark Bridge writes:

In the world of retail, you can’t move for Hallowe’en puns at the moment. You know the kind of thing. Spooky offers. Frighteningly low prices. Missing our deals will haunt you. There’s not the ghost of a chance we’ll shift these PlayBooks unless we cut the price.

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Sony is buying Ericsson out of mobile phone partnership

Sony Corporation and Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson have agreed to make the Sony Ericsson mobile phone business a wholly-owned subsidiary of Sony. Sony is paying 1.05 billion Euro for Ericsson’s 50% share.

As well as helping Sony integrate smartphones into its product portfolio, it’ll also give Sony a handful of wireless technology patents.

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Handset manufacturer seeks mobile developer for mutually-rewarding relationship

Mark Bridge writes:

Call me naive or call me cynical - in either case you won’t be the first - but I was a little surprised to see a strong manufacturer presence at Droidcon UK last week. I’d assumed that manufacturers might be inclined to pick a popular operating system and then just start making devices.

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Podcast - 7th September 2011

This week's podcast includes news of several new products announced at IFA 2011. In addition, we hear about reorganisations planned by Everything Everywhere, Yahoo! and Telefonica.

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